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|1 hour 46 min ago||It Does Seem Like It..||
I does seem that way really, that it is very controlled, but I tend to think a lot of that is the staff understands the abilities and limitations given the personnel and the stage they are at in the process of installing the system. We can talk about the lack of big plays and the number of trips to the red zone, but if they can take what they have right now - turn it into something that is very efficient when it is running on all cylinders - and grind it out, all the while with a defense that ensures you don't need to score impressive amounts of points to win, I don't mind that at all. As I said, it seems like the staff understands what it has, where they are at, and is even turning some deficiencies into strengths in some respects.
|9 hours 49 min ago||At Work...||
Just yesterday, I came out of a meeting only to be confronted by one of the resdient Spartan fans who asked, "What does it feel like to have a real team again?", and the only reply that came to mind was, "Let's talk about that in a couple weeks."
I am suddenly hopeful about that game for some reason...
|10 hours 3 min ago||Another Thing...||
In one of my summertime meanderings that turned into a diary, it turns out that a great majority of defensive backs in general get drafted in the 3rd to 5th round, with a small percentage going in the second round. If history across teams is any indicator, if Jourdan Lewis gets a good look and continues to do Jourdan Lewis things, that is where he may very well fall.
|10 hours 14 min ago||Tannehill, after a couple of||
Tannehill, after a couple of practice squad players forced turnovers, Tannehill made negative comments toward them, including saying: “Enjoy your practice squad paycheck, enjoy your practice squad trophy.”
You know, Tannehill was the same QB who, during his travels through college, was once asked to run a QB draw on 2nd and 24. If you're going to be pissy and bitter about something, be pissy and bitter about things like that. Who the hell thought you would get 24 yards on that play?
|13 hours 45 min ago||Looking At Stats...||
I went to Ohio University's site to catch up with Heitzman - as someone said, Ohio University doesn't really play too many teams that might give us a good insight into just how effective Heitzman could be at TE (I think he could be rather good myself), but he is their 3rd most prolific receiver in terms of total yardage thus far right now - 11 catches for 169 yards and 1 TD, averaging 42 yards per game.
|15 hours 42 min ago||For Reference...||
Here's the rule for a valid signal as it appears in Rule 2, Section 8 -
ARTICLE 2. A valid signal is a signal given by a player of Team B who has obviously signaled his intention by extending one hand only clearly above his head and waving that hand from side to side of his body more than once.
Of course, it defines an invalid signal as anything that fails to meet this requirement or is given after a catch or after a kick strikes the ground or a player.
|17 hours 7 min ago||This Right Here...||
If you consider the teams that generally use the 3-3-5 or variants of it - aside from Arizona, for example, Boise State has been known to fall back into it, as has TCU (as a variation on the 4-2-5 flex), and even BYU once in a rare while has used it situationally - it is to better defend spread offenses, which some of these teams face quite a bit.
I tend to think some teams will utilize it because they are a bit undersized and can instead use speed to create assignment issues to confuse offenses. I could be wrong about that observation, but it seems common among teams that run a 3-3-5 even only part of the time. It opens the door to a wide variety of zone blitzes since it is mostly used in zone anyway, but to manage any of that, you need high-level, physical, tough and pretty swift personnel on defense. If you don't have that, it seems like it is hard to run the 3-3-5 even in a situation where it IS probably a sensible counter to the offense presented.
|17 hours 29 min ago||Disagree...||
While Rudock hasn't been the Unstoppable Throw God in the passing game or indeed what some people would like to see at the position ultimately, he's been good enough and at least has the requisite in-game experience, and he's able to manage the game in a way that I doubt the available backups could right now.
I'll trust the staff here - Rudock probably is the best QB available on the roster. That's not necessarily saying he's fan-effing-tastic in all aspects of the position, and what that might say about the state of things before Rudock arrived is something we can leave to individual interpretation.
I still don't understand what people expect right now necessarily - I had thought we knew that 2015 was going to be a bit of a transitional year on the offense, QB included. If you want the best chance to win games and make that 8-4 to 9-3 prediction that a lot of people had come to fruition, Jake Rudock is the guy.
|19 hours 3 min ago||Some Nostalgia...||
One of the cooler commercials on TV as I was growing up, I always thought -
...and for those of you who ever traversed a Highland Appliance -
|19 hours 42 min ago||Why Not Indeed...||
One of my favorite non-Michigan shirts:
|21 hours 31 min ago||For #4...||
For #4, I think there are services like Unblock-US.com where - for a small fee - you can get the ability to do some IP spoofing and make networks act as if your machine is in the United States. I know that this is how some folks abroad get American Netflix content anyway, but I assume that there are other services / methods for doing it.
|22 hours 47 min ago||Only Somewhat Related...||
This is only somewhat related perhaps, but I was actually doing the probability matrix for the rest of the season with Massey Ratings a little while ago and right now the estimates for various scenarios look like this -
Running the table - 3.8892%
6-1, sole loss being OSU - 7.550%
6-1 sole loss being MSU - 3.737%
6-1, sole loss being NW - 2.593%
5-2, lose to both rivals - 7.254%
4-3, lose to NW and rivals - 4.836%
The primary reason the numbers look as they do, of course, is that there are 7 games left and therefore 128 possible combinations of wins and losses, but I am saying there is a chance.
|1 day 1 hour ago||As A Lions Fan...||
You know, I'll probably always be a Lions fan - I grew up one and I am weirdly loyal like that, but yet I find my feelings towards them much more complex and considered when it comes to the subject of losing. Like someone said above, when Michigan loses, I feel genuinely awful and sometimes I feel that way for days. When the Lions lose, it is very easy to analyze and compartmentalize, or rather, it is far easier to do than when Michigan loses.
Maybe not everyone does this, but I approach the Lions and my Lions fandom with a vastly different mindset as a fan, given their history and because of game-changing calls like last night that don't go their way historically, than I do my Michigan fandom.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Interesting Article...||
Michigan under Jim Harbaugh, however, is never going to be defined by its weaknesses. Instead, it will be defined by how it overcomes those weaknesses, and — somehow, someway — even turns those weaknesses into strengths.
While I had quibbles with certain parts of this analysis, this statement towards the end is something I would tend to agree with merely because of the apparent style of Harbaugh's coaching and the way in which this team plays. Even if there's a question at one spot, the answer is somewhere else. Even as the offense might work in fits and spurts, the defense is consistently insurmountable. It seems like a core operating principle of this team really.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Quick Question...||
As Martha Ford is the majority owner now, I am interested in theories on how this trade would go down actually. Grosse Pointe would lose a ton of tax revenue if you traded the whole family (as would Superior Township, if we're talking about William Clay Ford, Jr.), so I think we have to be careful here when making such a trade.
|1 day 13 hours ago||The Reaction...||
You could see some tense Buckeye faces in the stands during that game, to be sure, but then there was a totally measured reaction that is normal when your struggling offense goes up 2 on Indiana:
I guess it really is the little victories right now in Columbus.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Oh Wow...||
You know, in a lot of other places in the world, re-enacting the 25th anniversary of an event like this might actually be interesting, even reverent in some way. In football, especially football officiating, it's probably best not to do this....ever. After watching that video in the KSU blog article, I cannot believe no one caught this as there were so many chances to stop what was going on, it seemed.
|1 day 16 hours ago||About This...||
At a glance, the loss of Smith might not seem like a major one; he ranked eighth on the team in receptions before his injury. But of the seven players ahead of him, only Michael Thomas plays as a pure wideout rather than an H-back-receiver hybrid, or tight end, or tailback.
Yeah, from what I have seen, despite not having huge numbers he's definitely got a role in that offese because of the situation described about, and especially if you aren't running on all cylinders, you would prefer to have all those guys available. Hopefully, his recovery is full and speedy.
|1 day 16 hours ago||On Jenkins-Stone...||
It seems to me that the one thing that we need to hope for is that Royce Jenkins-Stone can get in on some of the same opportunities for tackles for loss as well as sacks. Ojemudia had 6 TFL for 27 yards and 2 sacks for 20 yards in 5 games, so I'll be curious to see how this goes - that's rather a lot of production to replace.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Sadly....||
Sadly, if it is an Achilles tear, I would seriously doubt that - from what I understand, that's a 4-6 month rehab generally, although I am only going on what I know from people who have experienced that. His season is sadly done, as is his career at Michigan as others have said.
|1 day 20 hours ago||BTN...||
The conference networks get the sloppy seconds of ABC/ESPN for the most part, I believe. They took Wisconsin / Nebraska as their regional 3:30 PM game (it will be seen on ESPN2 in some locations), so BTN took Michigan / Northwestern - it was probably that simple, as strange as it might sound now given the current rankings.
|1 day 20 hours ago||It's Understandable...||
It's understandable though as the algorithm weights recent performance. Without any of 2015's data in there in August, Massey would have made Michigan out to be a 6-6-ish team (allowing for the possibility that you are definitely at risk in games just about that 50% line). I am working on the matrix today, but the swing is now to about 9-3, so in five games, Michigan has gone +3 on projected wins. Not bad indeed.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Yikes...||
See, it was cholera that always went through my party like wildfire, so the basic lesson would be not to drink from the same rivers in which your family just crapped - not that you had control over that part of the simulation anyway, and indeed, the seedier, more personal aspects of trail life seemed to be overlooked.
Anyway, does this mean a halftime elk hunt? Do yor skip the funeral for one of your oxen at the expense of party morale? So many possibilities here.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Discovered This...||
I discovered this the other day actually - I was getting annoyed with the issue on Android so I tested this very thing on my wife's iPhone just for kicks and it works without issue. I normally access it from a desktop anyway unless I am at a game, but when you're trying to read the site on the fly, the redirects have been a major stumbling block.
|1 day 20 hours ago||The Good And Not So Much...||
Probably a very sound strategy to save Smith and Stribling for the Northwestern / MSU stretch and give them that extra week to get back to 100% or as close to it as possible. As for Ojemudia, I think we were sort of prepared to hear this, but it still sucks to actually hear it - hopefully, his recovery is full and as speedy as possible.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Good To Know...||
I am pretty sure that my wife will want me to go to this party that happens to be on that day and around that time, so now I have to make this cough and cold last another two weeks or so. I think I can sell it, or at least, it has worked in the past. Still, this is one I would have assumed to be a 3:30 PM start just by the way the slate was beginning to shape up.
|2 days 9 hours ago||If You Think About It...||
Schlabach's projection of Boise State and Houston in the Hawai'i Bowl - while undoubtedly premature by a mile or more as these projections are - brings up an interesting mind exercise. That could very well be one of those quintessential games where zero fucks are given on the defensive side of the ball.
|2 days 9 hours ago||It Is Interesting...||
It's still rather interesting that a few folks who at least passed this way - through Ann Arbor - now have found themselves at San Jose State, even if totally unintentionally. In addition to Borges and Ferrigno, Greg Robinson and Adam Stenavich are out there now, if memory serves (Borges and Robinson are Califiornia natives, I believe, so maybe it is a bit of a homecoming).
|2 days 11 hours ago||I am just going to go ahead||
I am just going to go ahead and say that the last panel may be eerily accurate, at least when it comes to this week's TWIS. I assume many of the Texas comments we will see were typed or tweeted by fans who were in fact bleeding out their eyes as they were commenting.
|2 days 11 hours ago||This Photo...||
I am just impressed that Narduzzi was apparently able to fit an entire hanging folder in his back pocket, no doubt with the playcalls indexed by coverage shells and estimated probability of PI calls. Say what you will about the man, but he wears that particular look well for some reason.